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Macadamian Client, ecobee, Wins Two International Design Awards (IDA) for Touch Screen Home Thermostat

TORONTO, May 19, 2011 — ecobee, an energy management company, teamed with Macadamian, a global software consultancy, to design the first WiFi enabled full-color, touch screen home thermostat, and was recognized this week with two IDA awards. For its simple and intuitive design, ecobee received the Gold award for Energy Conservation Equipment and the Silver award for Residential Sustainable Design.

ecobee sought expert help from Macadamian to ensure that its development efforts would match the needs of its users. Completed in 2009, ecobee’s WiFi-enabled Smart Thermostat features simple touch-screen programming and access to a personalized web portal allowing homeowners to control their thermostat settings from their smart phones or anywhere that they have an Internet connection. “ecobee truly cares about great design, simplicity, and usability, which is why they stand out in a field of products that are notoriously hard to use,” said Matthew Hately, vice president and general manager at Macadamian. “We’re delighted that they’ve been recognized by the design community and Macadamian is honored to have played a part in their success.”

“We are honored to receive the Gold and Silver award for Energy Conservation Sustainable Design from the IDA. This international recognition of the ecobee Smart Thermostat reflects the successful working partnership between ecobee and Macadamian,” said Stuart Lombard, president and CEO at ecobee. “Having a world class user experience for all of our products is a challenge we focus on each and every day.”

ecobee is in good company at the IDA this year with 2011 International Design Awards also granted to products by Herman Miller, GE, Microsoft, and Jawbone.
Despite the fact that a programmable thermostat conserves energy and saves money, only 22% of people actually program their thermostat, while 85% of ecobee users program theirs. Visit the ecobee website at www.ecobee.com to see the Smart Thermostat in action.

About Macadamian

Macadamian is a global software consultancy that helps companies create successful products. Product development leaders turn to Macadamian to develop product strategies, design compelling user experiences, and build quality software. We transform ideas into market-ready products that your customers will love. For more information, please visit http://www.macadamian.com or email software@macadamian.com.

About ecobee

ecobee, founded in 2007, delivers intelligent conservation solutions for real people. The company is building its product platform around The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. Our WiFi enabled products automate energy conservation making it easier to save on energy costs without sacrificing comfort. ecobee’s products are sold for use in single family homes (new and retrofitted), multi-family dwellings and light commercial properties. For more information, visit www.ecobee.com.

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